012: Environmental Health and Your Pregnancy with Dr. Aly Cohen

Dr. Aly Cohen is a practicing rheumatologist and integrative medicine physician in Princeton, New Jersey. She has been actively involved in the area of environmental health over the past decade. Her work has led to education collaborations with Environmental Working Group and several medical schools and physician training programs. She recently co-edited the text, “Integrative Environmental Medicine, through Oxford University Press/ Weil Academic Series. In 2016, she founded “The Smart Human” social media platform, in order to better educate the general public on topics in environmental health and prevention, and she is currently working to create curriculum on environmental health to be available to high school students nationally. She posts practical health and prevention tips and recommendations on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She is also a mother of two crazy young boys and several adorable animals.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • How her dog’s death opened her eyes to Environmental Health (2:10)
  • What Environmental Health is and why you should care (4:58)
  • Environmental Health is important during pregnancy (8:23)
  • Things to do if you want to have a healthy child (11:12)
  • If you can’t buy all organic food, follow the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 (18:15)
  • Soak conventional produce in warm water and white vinegar (20:48)
  • How to be sure that you’re drinking clean water (22:15)
  • How to Make Our Drinking Water Safer Video by Dr. Cohen
  • Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Guide to Buying a Water Filter (26:50)
  • Water delivery (27:17)
  • Plastics to avoid in baby bottles, sippy cups, and water bottles (30:00)
  • Integrative Environmental Medicine Book (31:54)
  • Glass water bottles, stainless steel cups, and silicone nipples. (32:33)
  • Top five changes to create a healthy home (34:55)
  • Environmental Trust – EHTrust.org (39:30)


You can find Dr. Aly Cohen and her amazing resources at TheSmartHuman.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn. If you’re near Princeton, New Jersey, visit her private practice.